(Closed) Moving cross-country… advice welcome!

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Post # 3
18645 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would be planning for the possibility of not being able to find something.  I went to school in NJ and most of my friends that are still there are unemployed or working in retail, no matter what they went to school for.  The cost of living is pretty high there.

Moving across country to where you don’t know anyone is tough, at least you will be getting out with your school so you can meet people!

Post # 4
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Have you actually priced out the UHaul vs a moving company? Because for our MA to CA move, the costs were almost equal. UHaul is really expensive, especially when you factor in hotel stays and gas/food on the road! I couldn’t tell if you were just doing a trailer or an actual UHaul truck, though.

Also, Newark is $$$ compared to Austin. I grew up in DFW, and moved to Boston for grad school. Everything, down to a gallon of milk, is more expensive. Make sure you’ve padded your budget appropriately, and browse Craigslist to get an idea of the range of rents in the area. Be fully prepared to pay first month, last month’s rent, and a security deposit equal to a month’s rent, plus possibly a realtor’s fee of a month’s rent, plus pet deposit/pet rent if you’ve got a dog or cat. It could easily cost $5000+ just to get into an apartment.

Make sure you’ve got some money set aside to buy your first round of groceries and cleaning supplies (that’s always huge!) and that you’ve got a good set of basic tools.

But most of all, enjoy the adventure! Rutgers is a great school!


Post # 6
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@confettiegg2000:  Lucky! When I moved from Dallas to Boston, it was just me by myself in my VW Golf loaded to the gills, stopping at hotels along the way! haha 30 hours of driving – ouch! Sounds like you have a good social safety net, that’s awesome!

Post # 7
331 posts
Helper bee

Just a small thing with U-Haul or do-it-yourself type moves that often gets lost — you’ll want to elect the temporary insurance for the vehicle, if not your belongings. Those trucks are, like, $30,000!! Professional movers may even require/offer it but I know U-Haul and Penske are around $70-$90 if I remember correctly (have done several cross state and country moves).

It may not be fun, but sleeping in the moving van might be worth it. I’ve moved all but once by myself so I learned to park in a well-lit spot and obviously lock the doors. Since there will be two of you, one could drive while the other sleeps. Driving a big truck with a car trailing isn’t as intimidating as it first might seem (I think I did my first one when I was 20 and went through some of the most mountainous terrain in the US). Yeah, you’ll be tired but you’ll be going on adrenaline/excitement long enough to perk you up to move your stuff in.

Pack snacks you can eat or a small cooler with simple picnic type foods.

Obviously, gas is gonna kill you alone but the sleeping/eating thing is something I’ve learned to do to save hundreds of dollars.

Post # 8
331 posts
Helper bee

Oh, and be sure to leave at least one roll of toilet paper, hand soap, paper towels, personal care toiletries (shampoo, toothbrush, etc), bath towels, and a set of sheets to your bed. I usually put all of this stuff in one bag or even a laundry basket in the front seat of the car (since you’re towing, you’ll have very easy access to it and obviously won’t take up any space in the van cabin).

Once you get everything moved in, I can 99.9% guarantee you that all you’re gonna wanna do is order some pizza or get something quick to eat, take a shower, and go to bed. Having this stuff right ready to go (make bed/take shower while you’re waiting for the pizza, lol) will make your world a million times easier!

Post # 9
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

If it’s available in Austin, look into shipping your stuff on Amtrak.  It’s way cheaper than shipping boxes and probably cheaper than renting a U-haul.  You can send boxes of stuff including bikes but no furniture.

Post # 10
3241 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Another option for moving would be using PODS. That’s what we did when we moved from North Carolina to New Mexico. It was cheaper than a moving company and way easier than U-haul.

I second making sure you have TP and some basic supplies for when you arrive at the new place!

Post # 11
656 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I just did this about a month ago, from Ohio to Arizona. We used a moving company so it was a little less stressful than a U-Haul, though there are pros and cons to each. Honestly, it ended up being about $300 more for us to have movers, and that more than paid for the back aches, stress, and frustration that doing it myself would have caused.

I will echo what @Diet Coke: said: Have essentials ready for when you get there. Always have toilet paper, shampoo, body soap, tooth brush/tooth paste, towel, fresh undergarments, contacts/glasses (and an extra pair of contacts), comfy clothes, linens, and pillows. If you have a complicated IKEA bed, please, for the love of everything beautiful, save yourself the headache on the first night and put the matress on the floor. Just go to bed. Moving is the second most stressful thing you do in your life (first one’s marriage, go you!), and doing everything you can to make sure you keep your cool is essential. At least it was for me.

Have some snacks, but not sugary crazy crap. It will just make you feel nauseated and bloated. And WATER. 

We ended up staying with friends for two weeks while we tried to solidify a house out here. It was awful. Once we put down a rental deposit and then they decided to take the house off the market. Just be prepared that it might not be smooth sailing, and it’s okay. 

Finances – make sure your apartment complex will do a walk through of your house to see what you’ll get back from your deposit. If you’re breaking your lease early, make sure you know the regulations and stipulations in your rental agreement. 

Gas is more expensive than you think.

Toll Roads are the devil.

I also suggest having a plan B with the job situation – a month into it and even though I’ve had interviews, I am still unemployed… and thisclose to going for retail.

Overall – The experience will make you grow closer to your husband. That’s 30 hours in a 6 x 8 box – make a huge playlist, and have fun!

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